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Over Memorial Day weekend a couple weeks ago at my father’s house, I needed to make a quick, yummy and easy dessert for the entire family to enjoy. Well, I didn’t need to make one but I wanted to, and believe me, my family wanted me to as well.
We are a big peanut butter and chocolate family so I thought I would whip up a quick batch of peanut butter balls to compliment the Raspberry Magic Balls that I already had made. I’m not a one dessert-making gal much to my sister’s chagrin. I like everyone to have a choice. :) So, I decided to make the peanut butter balls but quickly realized we were out of powdered sugar. That is an integral ingredient in those balls. Not to worry because the internet was to the rescue and I found a great recipe that used crushed graham crackers (which I had!) instead. I was willing to give it a try and I’m so glad I did. They were delicious! My family loved them.
Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Balls
Makes: 20-24 balls
1 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
1 1/2 cups graham crackers crumbs
¾ cup mini chocolate chips or Heath bits
1 – 1 ¼ cup chocolate (I used semi-sweet chocolate)
1. Take your graham crackers and blend to crumbs in a food processor until you get 1 ½ cups. Add graham crackers crumbs to the 1 cup of peanut butter. Mix it up good. You want the mixture to be dry enough to be able to form balls. Add a little bit more peanut butter or cracker crumbs to achieve this consistency if need be.
2. Form 24 even sized balls with your hands and place on a wax paper covered plate, cutting board or baking sheet. Freeze for 30-60 minutes.
3. Melt the chocolate in the microwave until just melted (do not overcook!) or use a double boiler and stir chocolate until melted. Placed mini chips or crushed Heath bits in a small bowl. Note: You can use whatever topping that you would like including nuts, crushed Oreo…etc.
4. Using a toothpick or fork dip the peanut butter balls in the melted chocolate, one at a time, and then toss in the topping until covered. Refrigerate or freeze until firm.
5. That’s it. Enjoy!
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Recipe adapted from Avocado Pesto.